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California DreamingReforming Mathematics Education$
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Suzanne Wilson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300094329

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300094329.001.0001

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Earlier Reforms and Their Legacies

Earlier Reforms and Their Legacies

(p.63) 4 Earlier Reforms and Their Legacies
California Dreaming

Suzanne M. Wilson

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at reforms in mathematics education in California, particularly the 1980s math reform, the 1985 Framework. It looks first at past frameworks that preceded the 1985 Framework, such as the issue of the Strands Report, by the California Department of Education in 1962. The Strands Report painted a “dynamic” picture of good teaching wherein students were encouraged to make conjectures and guesses, as well as experiment and formulate hypothesis to gain a better understanding of the principles of mathematics and be better capable of applying them. The 1974 Framework, on the other hand, urged teachers to place less emphasis on numeration systems and computation of fractions, and more emphasis on the improvement of attitudes, computational skills, problem solving, decimals, and the use of the metric system, announcing that the 1962 report was “far ahead of its time in many ways.” Thus the chapter examines other reforms and how they have influenced today's mathematics.

Keywords:   mathematics education, 1980s math reform, 1985 Framework, Strands Report, 1974 Framework

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